Opinion

Law may put rights at risk

Editorials

The new vacant-building ordinance in Gloversville is problematic on several levels.It's too vague, opens up the possibility for abuse and raises questions about citizens' property rights.The measure, approved by the city council Tuesday, creates a registration requirement for vacant buildings. ...

Meat consumption harms planet

Letters to the Editor

Last month, I wrote about methane and how it's 20 to 80 times worse as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. It's presence in the atmosphere is being caused mainly by the cattle industry.This month, I wish to touch on the fact that, as meat eaters, we are taking the food from the mouths of ...

Thanks for help battling fires

Letters to the Editor

On Feb. 23, 2016, the Gloversville and Johnstown fire departments were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 395 S. Main St. in Gloversville. Upon arrival firefighters discovered two buildings, more than 100 yards apart, well involved and threatening four separate exposures. Initial ...

County DMV loses on online renewals

Letters to the Editor

Being responsible for the delivery of DMV services to our residents, Fulton County DMV is keenly aware we are here to best serve the people who pay the tab.No one would argue the convenience of online transactions or quickly dropping renewals in the mail. We need to be mindful of the fact that ...

Jesus gives hope to faithful

Letters to the Editor

Joseph of Arimathea implored Pontius Pilate, "May I take down Christ Jesus body from the cross and bury it?"Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus Christ's body. Meanwhile, the apostles remained huddled in the upper room with the door locked. Three days later, followers of Christ Jesus saw two men in ...

GOP establishment is clueless

Letters to the Editor

The Republican establishment swore that if they could win the Senate and keep the House, they would stop Obama and his administration's ideological policies.We trounced the Democrats in the 2010 and 2014 Senate and gubernatorial races and yet nothing changed. And now they can't understand why ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To awareness about depression. The Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties is trying to raise awareness about depression among youths at high school. We don't hear a lot about depression among students, but it's a problem, and it deserves attention. The ...

Get support for bypass

Editorials

Fulton County should not abandon its pursuit of a new highway to the industrial and business parks in Johnstown.Rather, officials should try to bring their counterparts in Montgomery County on board with the idea by addressing some of the concerns with the proposed bypass.The connector highway ...

Beware of manipulation

Editorials

Brutality is only part of the game plan being used so successfully by Islamic terrorist organizations. Manipulative diplomacy - often unrecognized, much less countered by the United States - allows them to play potential foes against one another.Russia provided an example of the terrorists' ...

Who helped terrorist?

Editorials

Belgian police might have captured one of the masterminds of last year's bloody terrorist attacks in Paris sooner, but for the fact he had help - lots of it.After months of searching for Salah Abdeslam, the authorities finally nabbed him Friday in Brussels. Abdeslam allegedly was a key planner ...

Impact on town crucial

Editorials

When the state Department of Environmental Conservation decides which municipality will be the lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review for the annexation of land from Mohawk to the city of Johnstown, it will be choosing between different approaches to what would be included in ...

Answers still needed

Editorials

It was all a mistake, the Navy told U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. There is no shortage of rifles for Navy SEALs. Those whose rifles were taken so other SEALs could have weapons during deployments have had their guns returned.Earlier this month, Hunter demanded answers after some of the ...

Current pay sufficient

Editorials

The suggestion Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort is underpaid is not supported by the facts.Given the population and financial resources of Montgomery County, the executive is fairly compensated. Barring major changes in the county, the position should not receive a higher salary in ...

What is growing in your garden?

Letters to the Editor

There are many residents of Gloversville and the surrounding areas who grew up here in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. We attended neighborhood grade schools and shopped at family-owned grocery stores. We were the children and grandchildren of immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe. Our ancestors ...

Change tax code to bring industry

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues his browbeating of the public to generate support for his $15-an-hour minimum wage.It has been pointed out by others, and as any first-year economics student knows, the proposal is a disaster looking for a place to happen. Higher wages will result in higher prices ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To an income tax-cut plan. Republican leaders in the state Senate are proposing to cut middle-class income taxes by $3.5 billion. The plan would reduce income taxes for 5 million middle-class taxpayers by 25 percent. The break would be given to single tax filers making between $20,000 ...

Get local info online soon

Editorials

This is Sunshine Week, an annual event that marks the importance of access to public information.In that spirit, we have a couple of suggestions for some of our local agencies.All police agencies should be putting arrest information online immediately.This should not require a lot of work for ...

Obama obeys radical base

Editorials

There will be no drilling for oil or gas anywhere off the 2,069 miles of the U.S. Atlantic coastline, President Barack Obama has decreed.In one fell swoop, Obama has closed a major avenue Americans might have followed toward energy independence. He did it to protect the environment, he ...

Clinton flips on trade deal

Editorials

During a campaign stop in Cleveland last week, Hillary Clinton said President Barack Obama's proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is a bad deal. She cited provisions allowing tax-free imports of automobiles."It's one of the reasons I oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Clinton told ...

Honor legacy of inventor

Editorials

By some estimates, as many as 100 billion emails are sent and received every day all over the world, and each and every one of them owes at least one keystroke to former Vail Mills resident and Broadalbin-High School graduate Ray Tomlinson.In 1971, Tomlinson, while working on one of the ...